Susan Parish Adam and Josh Adam of Adam Gallery, along with their sister-in-law, Julia Parish of Julia Parish Jewelry, have opened a “side-by-side” gallery in Castine. PHOTO COURTESY OF ISABEL LIESER

New gallery opens in Castine



CASTINE — Susan Parish Adam and Josh Adam of Adam Gallery, along with their sister-in-law, Julia Parish of Julia Parish Jewelry, have joined forces and announce the grand opening of their new “side-by-side” gallery at 7 Main St. in downtown Castine.

For the past 17 years, Susan and Josh Adam have successfully owned and operated Adam Gallery on Battle Avenue, where they are also showing their original oil paintings.

Julia Parish is a New York City-based jeweler/goldsmith who has spent 30 years of summers in Castine. Combining their talents, they have turned an empty storefront into a pristine and sleek new gallery space, streaming with light and filled with oil paintings and handmade, one-of-a-kind gold jewelry. Susan’s paintings have a style all their own that has been developed throughout her career.

Josh, whose paintings have been shown internationally, paints the Penobscot Bay region in a classically realistic style. Whether it’s vintage wooden boats, nautical markers or spruce-clad islands, his paintings delight the eye with their luminous light. He and Susan recently returned from a month-long artist-in-residency in France.

Julia has shown her work in past summers at both MAE in Blue Hill and Gallery B in Castine. Employing ancient goldsmithing techniques such as melting, rolling, forming and pulling metal into sheet and wire, she makes each piece by hand to create jewelry both unique and specific. Pearls of all shapes and sizes, rose cut diamonds and sapphires, rubies, moonstones and light reflecting crystals dominate. Working in high-carat gold and sterling silver, Julia’s aim is to create pieces that will endure in quality and style.

With masks and hand sanitizer at the door, the gallery opened June 6. It can currently accommodate five guests at a time and will be following all safety protocols set forth by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Adams/Parish family suggested ideas for visitors to make an afternoon visit to Castine.

The seaside town is also home to Compass Rose Bookstore and Cafe, filled with books, upscale gifts, and specialty food items, the family said. Outdoor seating in the back garden, with tables spaced for safety, is open for visitors to enjoy coffee, cappuccinos, and an ever-changing selection of homemade baked sweet and savory treats.

Nestled between Adam Gallery Downtown/Julia Parish Jewelry and Compass Rose Books is Gallery B, the gallery of sculptor/gallery owner, Goody-B. Wiseman. In addition to her own whimsical bronze sculptures, the gallery displays original artwork, jewelry, and ceramics by a wide array of talented, mostly Maine based, artists.

Visitors can grab a lobster roll at The Castine Variety General store next door or a sandwich from Mar-Kel’s and finish the meal off with an ice cream cone just down the hill at Captain’s Catch.

Hours for Adam Gallery Downtown/Julia Parish Jewelry will vary but it will generally be open from 10-4, Wednesday to Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.

The original Adam Gallery at 140 Battle Ave. will continue to be open daily 9-5 throughout the summer.

For more information, contact Adam Gallery Downtown/Julia Parish Jewelry at 326-5075.